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Jordanian F-16 air combat training centre gains US approval

The US State Department has approved Jordan’s request to establish an in-country F-16 Air Combat Training Center, along with the possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of related equipment for an estimated cost of US$60m

Bombardier to end Learjet production this year

Nearly 60 years after first entering service, the ultimate flying symbol of luxury has finally received the chop

A Polish-born pilot’s World War Two story

This week’s MyPast tells the story of Kajestan Ignatowski, a Polish-born pilot who made his way to Britain in the Second World War

Quiz: How well do know your cargo airlines?

This week's Commercial Aviation quiz focuses on the world of cargo airlines. These carriers often get overlooked in favour of their passenger-carrying counterparts so can you identify them? Let us know what score you get!

US Navy returns first T-6A to USAF following inspection

The US Navy announced on February 11 that its Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) had completed the first aircraft condition inspection on a USAF-operated Beechcraft T-6A Texan II

Loganair boss on how the airline reacted so fast following Flybe's collapse

Within a matter of hours, the Scottish carrier announced it would be picking up a number of routes to ensure essential connectivity was maintained. Speaking to Key.Aero, Jonathan Hinkles, the chief executive of Loganair explains how the Glasgow-based carrier was able to act with such speed

Uzbekistan receives final refurbished L-39C Albatros

Aero Vodochody has re-delivered the sixth and final refurbished L-39C Albatros jet trainer to the Uzbek Air Force, marking the completion of an overhaul contract that was signed in September 2018

FlyPast Podcast Episode 8

In Episode 8 the team chat to David Duker, founder of the Tally Ho Project, about the Battle of Britain, his afternoon reminiscing with John Hemingway, and how he became friends with Bill Green...

Berlin Tegel memorabilia and equipment goes up for auction

Fancy a snowplough? Well now’s your chance because the operator of Berlin’s airports is selling them

How air shows first started

Some early air shows saw pilots taking up to 900 spectators for a joyride in one day. Compared to now, how have air shows changed over the past century?

DARPA’s LongShot UAV concept enters design phase

DARPA has contracted three firms to participate in the first phase of the LongShot programme, which seeks to develop an air-launched UAV capable of launching air-to-air missiles

Bell 222 Ready for Take-Off

X-Plane developer, Cowan Simulation has released the CowanSim 222B and 222UT variants for X-Plane 11.

The tech that can turn any 737 into an oil spill response aircraft

Within three hours, the popular narrowbody can be transformed from its day-to-day role of carrying cargo. Key.Aero speaks with the company behind this revolutionary kit to find out how it works

USAF to boost BACN fleet with six more E-11As

In an effort to bolster its Battlefield Airborne Communication Node (BACN) fleet, the USAF has outlined its plan to acquire six more Bombardier E-11A aircraft over the next five years

Historic Aviation Quiz

Put your historic aviation knowledge to the test!

Which airline claims to have vaccinated its entire on-board crew?

As the world continues the rapid roll-out, one airline says it has already completed its programme to inoculate its flying crew

Jamaican Defence Force to receive six Bell 505s

The Jamaican Defence Force will receive six new Bell 505 JetRanger X light helicopters after the company revealed that it had signed a purchase agreement with the nation on February 8

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Aviation News March 2021

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From Jodel to Jumbo A Life of Flying

As a boy, he was told he was “stupid” to think he could ever become a pilot, but Scott Birrell FRAeS enjoyed a distinguished career in aviation as an airline captain, head of pilot training and a senior examiner

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Dan-Air’s Trijet Boeings

Dan-Air was one of the few British operators of the Boeing 727, using them to modernise its fleet and its image in the early 1970s. Bob O’Brien remembers the airline’s trijet years

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Delta’s long-lasting DC-8s

It was the first airline to operate the Douglas DC-8 and kept the type for almost 30 years, flying all the major passenger models, from early turbojets to stretched examples with high-bypass turbofans. Barry Lloyd recalls the aircraft that launched Delta Air Lines into the jet age

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Rebirth of the Dancing Crane - Part 2

Following privatisation in the 1980s, Japan Airlines continued to grow, until it faced the threat of bankruptcy in 2010. Having emerged successfully from that crisis, it is now struggling with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, as Jozef Mols details

First KC-46A tanker for Japan takes flight

The first of four Boeing KC-46A tankers for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force completed its maiden flight from the company’s production facility in Everett, Washington, on February 8

What happened to Amelia Earhart?

Captured, cast away, new identities and crashes… what are the theories behind one of aviation’s most speculated disappearances?

DSky - Grenadines Islands Vol. 1 Released

Aerosoft has announced Grenadines Islands Vol. 1 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is available now as a download.

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